As the league's best players converge in Miami this week in preparation for Sunday's Pro Bowl, most of the focus of the NFL universe is on the happenings in Mobile, Ala.
This is the week of the Senior Bowl and the accompanying practices and it's an opportunity for personnel staffs and fans alike to put some of the best prospects of the 2010 NFL draft under the microscope. Of course, underclassmen cannot participate in the Senior Bowl, and many of the highest-rated senior prospects chose to forego the process, but there is still a quality mix of talent on hand.
The Eagles own the 24th overall pick in the draft, so there are several players in Mobile who could turn out to be potential targets for the Eagles in the first round. And don't for a second think that 24th overall isn't a spot that can produce stars - All-Pros like Ed Reed, Dallas Clark, Chris Johnson and Steven Jackson have all been selected at No. 24 in recent years.
Here's a look at some of the players in the Senior Bowl to keep your eye on all week as possible fits for the Eagles in the first round.
Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho- Iupati, 6-foot-5, 325 pounds, is considered the premier interior lineman of the 2010 draft class. The road-grading guard combines his impressive physical tools with a relentless motor and could be a match for an Eagles' offense looking for stability on the line. ESPN's Todd McShay called Iupati "the best guard prospect we've seen in the last two drafts."
Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal- There's no question that Mays looks the part. At 6-foot-3, 231 pounds, Mays is as intimidating a specimen as you'll see at the safety position, where he's known to dish out more than his fair share of big hits. But the big question mark on Mays is his ability to cover. Reports indicate that Mays has been unimpressive in pass coverage this week, with whispers that he may end up being moved to outside linebacker in the NFL. The Eagles could use help at safety, but Mays will have to prove he can play the position first.
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan- Graham is considered by many to be the best senior defensive end of the 2010 crop, but there are perhaps four underclassmen at the position who could be drafted ahead of the former Wolverine. That could mean a team in the back end of the first round gets a steal in Graham, 6-foot-1, 263 pounds, who has been praised for his high effort at defensive end. Graham was ultra-productive at Michigan, notching 10.5 sacks his senior year.
* Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri- An all-around linebacker, Weatherspoon notched 155 tackles in his senior season, the second-highest total ever for a Missouri Tiger. The 6-foot-0, 241 pound Weatherspoon is considered one of the more polished linebacker of the 2010 draft class. Could the Eagles take a Missouri product in consecutive first rounds?
*Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State- Cox, 5-foot-11, 189 pounds, is one of two players fighting for the title of best senior cornerback in Mobile this week. Scouts have raved about Cox's performance so far this week, as he's impressed with both his man coverage skills and his nose for the ball. The Eagles could use some youth in the secondary, perhaps Cox could be their guy.
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State- Wilson is the other cornerback participating in the Senior Bowl that could find his name called toward the latter part of the first round in April. Wilson, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds has been productive in practice this week according to reports, and is considered to be a little more physical than Cox. If Wilson found himself on the Eagles he would join former Bronco Quintin Mikell in the secondary.
Follow the Senior Bowl all week long on NFL.com and tune in for the game itself this Saturday at 4 p.m. EST on NFL Network.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:06 p.m., January 27